Local Mom Quailifies For Ironman Championship

By R.E. Wagner
Rebecca Keenan, a veteran Ironman contender and proud mother of three, recently placed 3rd in her age group at the legendary Ironman race in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Her placement was not only a personal best, but also qualified Keenan for the legendary Kona Ironman World Championship.
“I’m really happy for Rebecca,” exclaimed friend and co-worker Jennifer DiBlasi. “This is a very exciting time for her.”
Located on Kailua, island, the Kona Ironman is considered by many to be triathlons most iconic annual event in the community’s roster. Since it’s inaugural race in 1978, this race has been helping bring qualified athletes together from across the globe to compete for the World Championship title.
Keenan facing will be tackling 2 miles of open water swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, before finishing on a 26-mile run. In order to prepare for the grueling 12 hour day, Keenan keeps her duties as a mother and member of the community balanced with her training schedule.
Whether it’s waking up for a 4 am run, getting her 3 children ready for school, or showing up at either of her jobs as either a physician assistant or radiology technician, Rebecca throws passion into everything she does.
“She is really involved in the community,” observed co-worker DiBlasi. “After work, she helps by coaching or helping planning running events around Mt. Arlington.”
The Kona Ironman World Championship is scheduled to take place on Oct. 13.

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